Erin Gray Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Erin Gray

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, Department of Chemistry, Research Advisor: Professor Justin Du Bois, 2017-2019
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Princeton University, Research Advisor: Professor Abigail G. Doyle, 2011-2017
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Furman University, Research Advisor: Professor Brian C. Goess, 2007-2011



Washington and Lee University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Fall 2019–present)

• CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry I
• CHEM 242: Organic Chemistry II
• CHEM 347: Advanced Organic Chemistry
• CHEM 401: Directed Individual Study
• CHEM 421: Directed Individual Research
• CHEM 432: Summer Directed Individual Research

Selected Publications

8) Kantarci, H.; Elvira, P. D.; Thottumkara, A. P.; Iyer, M.; Donovan, L. J.; Ambiel, N.; O’Connell, E. M.; Granados, A.; Zeng, H.; Saw, N. L.; Lutz, A. B.; Sloan, S. A.; Gray, E. E.; Tran, K. V.; Vichare, A.; Yeh, A. K.; Münch, A. E.; Huber, M.; Agrawal, A.; Morri, M.; Shamloo, M.; Tawfik, V. L.; Du Bois, J.; Zuchero, J. B. Schwann cells promote sensory neuron excitability during development. bioRxiv, 2022, DOI: 10.1101/2022.10.31.514415 (accessed 2022-11-01).

7) McMahon, C. M.; Choquette, K. A.; Stieber, S. C. E.; Gray, E. E. Remote Supergroup for Chemistry Undergraduates: An Inclusive Scientific Community for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. J. Chem. Educ. 2022, 99, 3187.

6) Koster, A. K.; Reese, A. L.; Kuryshev, Y.; Wen, X.; McKiernan, K. A.; Gray, E. E.; Wu, C.; Huguenard, J. R.;
Maduke, M.; Du Bois, J. Development and Validation of a Potent and Specific Inhibitor for the CLC-2 Chloride
Channel. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2020, 117, 32711.

5) McMahon, C. M.; Choquette, K. A.; Stieber, S. C. E.; Gray, E. E. Remote Supergroup for Chemistry
Undergraduates. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research 2020, 4, 72.

4) Gray, E. E.; Nielsen, M. K.; Choquette, K. A.; Kalow, J. A.; Graham, T. J. A.; Doyle, A. G. Nucleophilic
(Radio)Fluorination of α-Diazocarbonyl Compounds Enabled by Copper-Catalyzed H–F Insertion. J. Am. Chem.
Soc. 2016, 138, 10802.

3) Shields, J. D.; Gray, E. E.; Doyle, A. G. A Modular, Air-Stable Nickel Precatalyst. Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 2166.

2) Gray, E. E.; Rabenold, L. E.; Goess, B. C. E-Selective Isomerization of Stilbenes and Stilbenoids Through
Reversible Hydroboration. Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 6177.

1) Graham, T. J. A.; Gray, E. E.; Burgess, J. M.; Goess, B. C. An Efficient Synthesis of (±)-Grandisol Featuring 1,5-
Enyne Metathesis. J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 226.

Selected Presentations

• Gray, E. E.; Choquette, K. A.; McMahon, C. M.; Stieber, S. C. E. Remote Supergroup for Chemistry Undergraduates. American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Chicago, IL, August 24, 2022. (oral presentation)
• Gray, E. E. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021: For the Development of Asymmetric Organocatalysis. Washington and Lee University Nobel Symposium, Lexington, VA, November 10, 2021. (oral presentation)

Awards and Honors

• Stanford Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar, January 2018–June 2019
• National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, April 2012–July 2015
• Pickering Teaching Award, Princeton University 2013
• Beckman Scholar at Furman University, May 2010–July 2011
• American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Award, Furman University 2011
• Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry, Furman University 2010